Altercation prompts restraining order against New Rochelle development commissionerPosted: Updated:
A judge issued a temporary restraining order against the development commissioner of New Rochelle seen on a surveillance video last week shoving a security guard out of an elevator.
Luiz Aragon pleaded not guilty to a second-degree harassment charge Tuesday afternoon. He didn’t have anything to say to News 12 as he left New Rochelle City Court.
The surveillance video shows an altercation between Aragon and a security guard at Trump Plaza. Aragon previously told News 12 the incident was the result of an argument about the passenger elevator being used to deliver newspapers. Aragon says the security guard used a “homosexual slur” causing him to lose “his cool.”
The security guard requested an order of protection during court Tuesday’s court proceedings. His attorney argued an order would render his client homeless, Aragon owns a condo and lives in Trump Towers.
The judge signed the order but carved out an exception basically asking Aragon to avoid the security guard and "walk the other way" if he sees him.
The attorney representing the security guard says Aragon has a history with his client and has a reputation of menacing behavior. He believes the harassment charge doesn't go far enough.
"What Aragon did here was inexcusable,” says Richard St. Paul. “He physically assaulted my client…There is no way that charge should be harassment."
St. Paul says he would like to see Aragon fired from his New Rochelle post.
The next court date is set for Nov. 20.